LTSSL Work Visa with partner

Old Aug 8th 2014, 1:16 pm
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Hi all

Hoping you can help.

We're about to put our house on the market, with a view to moving to NZ in a few months, as soon as it's sold.

My husband is a Diesel Mechanic and as far as I can see, meets the requirements for the LTSSL.

We were originally looking into a skilled migrant visa, however it's come to light that he would need a job offer for us to to get up to the 140 points mark, and no employer is likely to hold the job offer for the amount of time it would take for the visa to be approved.

So we are thinking of alternatives. Looking at all options, I think the LTSSL work visa is probably the best route for us (seems to be a lot quicker), as soon as a job offer can be secured. Would that be right? It looks as though I would then need my own visa as a partner.

Few questions:
-It looks as though the partner visa needs my husband to have been granted his working visa before I can apply for mine - is that the case, or can we apply at the same time?
-Will securing a job offer myself improve my chances, or is the partner route a good enough way to get accepted given that we are married? I'm not on any shortage list, but as a marketing specialist, I am classed as 'skilled'. Is there a chance that he is accepted and i'm not even though we are married??
- Finally, we are in talks with a recruitment agency, but are pressurising up slightly to go through an immigration adviser. I don't think the process looks very complicated and don't want to fork out all that money for something I can quite easily do myself. any advice here?

Any advice appreciated!

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Old Aug 8th 2014, 9:35 pm
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My hubby is a diesel mechanic too, we sold our house and he has a job offer working with vtnz in Hamilton as a vehicle inspector. Currently living with my parents! They giving us three months to get over so holding the job for him, hoping to leave UK mid Oct! Now that he has a job offer we had enough points to apply for skilled migrant which we have submitted our eoi but can also go down the WTR route as they are accredited employer if taking too long! I was going to use an advisor but decided to do it myself and so far it's been fairly simple. We hav friends who are using an immigration advisor, she sends the stuff and they just do all the paperwork for them!
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Old Aug 8th 2014, 9:50 pm
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Thanks for the reply, nice to hear from someone in a similar boat!

Would you mind telling me how your husband secured a job offer? Did he go through and agency or anything?

Good to know that they're holding it for 3 months. I didn't realise you could apply for a WTR even though you have an eoi in. We will probably go wth the WTR one though to save on initial costs to be honest
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He had looked at recruitment agencies including automotive employment who were good but at that time didn't have a date for coming as had to sell the house, he applied direct through vtnz for overseas recruitment and then had a Skype interview then was offered job. I just need to find a Job now! Any ideas where u are heading or does it depend on jobs?

Yeah can apply for both and only reason we keen for residency as we have two young boys and just wanted the security to know we can stay for as long as we want to!
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We are going to be looking at auckland as my brother already lives therre. We also visited in April and loved it!

Yeah fair enough on going for the migrant visa, hope it doesn't take too long for you!

We have also spoken to automotive employment over skype, and they are really helpful. But like I said, they are kind of pushing to go through an agent. I guess this is where they make their commission though. We are going to an expo in a few weeks too, where a contracting company for mechanics is going to be.

Also considering living with parents for a short time, argh!! Haha

Haven't heard of vtnz, but will have a look

So with the WTR ltssl visa, I can still apply even when he is still waiting for approval? I guess we just put them in the same envelope?!
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We went to a couple of expo seminars, were useful if the right people are there! Hubby is leaving the tool side of things to progress onto vehicle inspector, like an mot inspector in this country.
You submit expression of interest for skilled migrant online, not sure about the WTR as we just need to produce the paperwork vtnz give us and its fast tracked as they are an accredited employer.
It's ok so far living with parents but we got the two kids as well so a full house, wil b ready to leave Oct time!!
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Hello Sarah,
Originally Posted by darbydoo View Post

So we are thinking of alternatives. Looking at all options, I think the LTSSL work visa is probably the best route for us (seems to be a lot quicker), as soon as a job offer can be secured. Would that be right? It looks as though I would then need my own visa as a partner.
That sounds about right!

Few questions:
-It looks as though the partner visa needs my husband to have been granted his working visa before I can apply for mine - is that the case, or can we apply at the same time?
I believe most people apply at the same time

-Will securing a job offer myself improve my chances, or is the partner route a good enough way to get accepted given that we are married? I'm not on any shortage list, but as a marketing specialist, I am classed as 'skilled'. Is there a chance that he is accepted and i'm not even though we are married??
Being married is irrelevant, it is extra proof that you are in a relationship. They need proof that you are living together and proof that your relationship is genuine. A marriage certificate is not enough.
I don't think either option is better, obviously if you have a job offer then it all depends on what visa you can apply for-if not on a shortage list or for an accredited employer then it may not be as simple. However either of you can be the job applicant and either of you can be the partner so if you get a job offer and are able to get a visa and he is finding it difficult then he applies as partner. Bit waffly but hope you understand my point!
If you apply as partner then you get an open work visa and can work for anyone.


- Finally, we are in talks with a recruitment agency, but are pressurising up slightly to go through an immigration adviser. I don't think the process looks very complicated and don't want to fork out all that money for something I can quite easily do myself. any advice here?
Most of us have done it ourselves, just depends on whether you're willing to do the paperwork. Plus agents are VERY expensive

Any advice appreciated!
As already said, you can apply for as many visas as you want to all at the same time!
Also you only need to get over 100 points to be successful under the SMC if you include points for a job offer. The 140 is only for those without job offers. You can see that from the History of Selection Points


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Thanks for the reply!

So for us both to apply for the work visa at the same time (OH will be the one going for the job first as he is on the LTSSL), is it simply a case of putting the applications forms in the same envelope with a covering letter?
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